Installing Brick Veneer Siding
Brick veneer siding lends a classic look to any building exterior. Compared to actual brick, it is relatively simple to install and does not require much maintenance. As long as it is cleaned periodically and repaired when needed, it should last for many years. Unlike building a brick section or panel, there is no need to mix and apply mortar. Installing brick veneer siding is also an easy enough project that there is no need to hire a masonry contractor.
Step 1 -- Remove Old Siding
Use your electric drill with corresponding screw bits to remove any screws that are securing your old siding panels. Depending on how long this siding has been installed and the age of any existing adhesive, you may need to pry the panels loose with the flat end of your crowbar.
Step 2 -- Check the Vapor Barrier
The building's vapor barrier is designed to keep out moisture that can build up and damage the underlying structure. Take care that you have not created any holes in this material when you pried off the siding in step 1. If so, these will need to be patched with new vapor barrier material before the brick veneer siding can be attached.
Step 3 -- Fit Panel Corners
Use your hand-held saw to fit the edges of each panel corner securely into the corners of the exterior side. Saw each corner at approximately 45 degrees angle, and then dry fit them to the sides of the building before applying any adhesive. Be sure to wear work gloves and protective goggles when sawing through siding panels. If you are installing brick veneer siding around doors and windows, also cut these panels to fit around them during this step.
Step 4 -- Prepare New Brick Siding
Start from the bottom of each of your new siding panels and apply a coat of adhesive. It may be helpful to spread the adhesive with a putty knife to ensure even coverage, just be sure to clean off the putty knife with a good adhesive remover afterwards. Also be careful not to apply too much adhesive so that it seeps out between the seams of your brick panels.
Step 5 -- Screw Panels in Place
If you are installing tongue and groove brick veneer panels, make sure that each one locks in place with the next. You want to be sure that all of them are even before screwing them in place. Screw in each of your screws through the existing holes in the panels. You should not need to drill new holes since this can cause structural weakness in brick veneer panels.
Step 6 -- Fill In with Caulking
Once all of your brick veneer siding panels are correctly screwed in place, fill in any screw holes or other gaps with your caulking gun. Also apply a thin line of caulk to each seam of each of your panels for added durability.